Communication – How to identify and manage a child’s communication needs in the Early Years setting


Communication is a complex process involving both verbal and nonverbal aspects of language. It includes listening and attending to spoken words, understanding the words and sentences, understanding the tone, volume and intonation used, interpreting the gestures, and facial expressions in addition to the actual words, and processing all these aspects together quickly. Then, formulating a response which is usually expressed through words, sentences, tone, volume and intonation, gesture, and facial expressions. In addition, there are complex social rules governing how we use and interpret language.
For a child with language difficulties in any or all these areas, learning and interacting in the early years’ environment will pose significant challenges.

The Parent Questionnaires and Teacher checklists are designed to collect relevant information about the child’s language skills, identify their areas of need and provide resources, strategies, and practices to support the child’s needs and enable them to access their learning environment.

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